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ORLANDO -- Quarterback Allen Suber carried Bethune-Cookman to the cusp of its first Division I-AA playoff berth, but the Tampa Catholic graduate had to watch the clinching victory from the sideline.
Suber is the odds-on favorite for Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player of the year after passing for 1,232 and eight touchdowns and rushing for 1,014 yards and 15 touchdowns.
But a foot injury sustained in a Nov. 2 win over North Carolina A&T sidelined him for two games and limited him to 11/2 series in Saturday's 37-10 victory over Florida A&M.
"It was just a situation where I could have been out there and I would have been at 80 percent," Suber said. "But we have a big game coming up next weekend in the playoffs, so I just (rested)."
Suber rushed for 4 yards on five carries and threw an incomplete pass before being lifted for Lawrence McCloud early in B-CC's second possession.
MOVE OVER, COACH: B-CC defensive back Rashean Mathis added to his Division I-AA season record with his 14th interception. Mathis' third-quarter pickoff in the end zone also gave him the Wildcats' single-season mark, moving him past coach Alvin Wyatt, who had 13 in 1969, when B-CC was a Division II school.
HE'S THE GUY: After splitting the quarterback duties between Scot Austin and McCloud in the two games after Suber's injury, B-CC went almost exclusively with McCloud.
The Wildcats were rewarded, as the redshirt sophomore completed 7 of 9 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 60 yards on 21 carries to pick up team MVP honors. Austin completed 1 of 3 attempts for 5 yards.
TIMEOUT: The game was delayed late in the first quarter while paramedics attended to Laurie Zdandankowsi, who was injured on the B-CC sideline after being hit by an outside coverage player on a punt return. She suffered a broken collarbone and bruised ribs. She was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.
LOCAL FLAVOR: Tampa Bay-area players dotted each roster. For B-CC: Norman Graham (Pasco), Suber, Larry Crayton (Tampa Catholic), Richard Woodbury (Riverview), Kenny Heatly (Boca Ciega), Ricky Williams (BC), Lary Woods (St. Petersburg Catholic), Charles McDonald (Jefferson), Jerry Daniels (Central), Coleman Haughbrook (Plant City), Gabe Piniella (Jefferson), Eric Reed (Pasco) and Terrance Cato (Brandon).
For FAMU: Marco Williams (Hillsborough), Rafael Robinson (Lakewood), Gudea Morris (St. Petersburg), Chris Hawkins (Chamberlain) and Kendrick Scott (Osceola).